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Murder is among the most serious crimes that can be prosecuted in a court of law. No matter what the circumstances, the penalties for being convicted of taking the life of another person are always extremely severe. Depending on the facts of a particular case, a charge of murder can take several different forms.

Types of Murder Charges

A person charged with the crime of murder can face different consequences based on the perceived seriousness of their actions. Murder charges are typically divided into three different degrees:

Defending Against Murder Charges

There are charges that can apply to suspected murder cases that are less severe than an actual murder conviction. Some of these crimes include negligent homicide, involuntary manslaughter or death as the result of self defense.

A defense attorney may try to secure a plea deal for the defendant to confess to one of these lesser charges in order to reduce the severity of the sentence. Although these crimes are severely punished, they do not always carry a sentence of life imprisonment or death.

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